The Valandré La Fayette is a bag for the true high-altitude specialists. It was designed with the intention of achieving the ultimate superlight high-altitude expedition bag, to be used in conjunction with Valandré's Combi down suit.
Speed is the key safety factor in low oxygen high altitude assaults as you enter what's known as the death zone. Once over 8000, you can start to count down the time left before you have to be back below 8000. Either you continue to head for the summit, or you hurry down.....If you stay, you are out on your own!
The ultimate assaults are speed assaults in alpine style, meaning climbers with no support from sherpas, no fixed ropes, and carrying all their gear. This is where the La Fayette comes into the picture. It's more of a climbing tool than a "normal" sleeping bag.
The half-length center zip on the Lafayette, designed to be just long enough to enter the bag while wearing a down suit, is a reflection of the fact that you will probably spend the night sleeping on your side in the fetal position, in order to keep your heart, lungs, and kidneys away from the cold ground. A well-designed draft collar and elastic adjustments inside the bag at waist level help minimize any circulation of cold air.
The power inside the La Fayette is the French Fat Grey Goose down. This goose is capable of migrating at 33,000 feet (10.000m) in –60°F (-50°C) temperatures for days on end. The down is harvested right before the traditional migration time, when it is fresh, clean and at its plumpest. Then Valandre selects only the lightest down and fills each compartment with just the right amount. Once filled with 564 grams of this exceptional down, the La Fayette's limit of comfort is about 5oF (-15oC) when used on its own, and its extreme rating is -15oF / -26oC. If you introduce a down suit into the picture, you can get really extreme...it's up to your judgement and experience!
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Material Asahi-KASEI Impact 6.6 Ripstop Polyamide Insulation 850+ Fill Power Down Temp Rating Are you wearing a down suit? If so, then really cold; if not, about 5°F Length Small: 67 in / 170 cm
Medium: 72 in / 183 cm
Large: 79 in / 201 cm
Shoulder Girth 67 in / 170 cm Hip Girth 60 in / 152 cm Foot Girth 34 in / 86.4 cm Packed Size 5.5 Liters Weight 1 lbs 4 oz / 0.57 kg Zipper Type Half-length center zip Stuff Sack Includes Valandre compression sack and mesh storage bag